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Washington, DC Interviews

Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic Interview Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic
by Roger Catlin - August 04, 2020, Washington, DC

When Eugene Rogers became the fifth artistic director of The Washington Chorus in February, he wasn't counting on the worldwide pandemic to explode every plan just weeks later. Presenting a 200-person choir, shoulder to shoulder, mouths open was out of the question, even if they were emitting a glor...
Abbe David Lowell of MOCK TRIAL at the Shakespeare Theatre Company Interview Abbe David Lowell of MOCK TRIAL at the Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Benjamin Tomchik - June 08, 2020, Washington, DC

Held bi-annually, the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Mock Trials showcase a side of 'official' Washington too rarely seen. Bringing together the capital's top legal minds, the cases seek to entertain as well as educate. Veteran Washington lawyer Abbe David Lowell will serve as an Advocate at the upco...
Barbara Bear on Having To Live Life Without the Arts During a Pandemic from the Persp Interview Barbara Bear on Having To Live Life Without the Arts During a Pandemic from the Perspective of an Audience Member
by Elliot Lanes - May 18, 2020, Washington, DC

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic much has been written on the effects it has had on theatre companies around the world and the thousands of artists onstage and off that are unemployed until further notice. What hasn't been written about very much is the effect this pandemic has had on aud...
Rebecca Wahls, Rebecca Ballinger of REBECCA AND BECCA IN SPACE Interview Rebecca Wahls, Rebecca Ballinger of REBECCA AND BECCA IN SPACE
by Hannah Wing - May 12, 2020, Washington, DC

Movies and TV shows about space can be pretty serious, but DC area theatre artists Rebecca Wahls and Rebecca Ballinger (Becca) decided to take on the lighter side of space in their space-comedy web series, Rebecca and Becca in Space....
Jennifer Buzzell and James Gardiner of Signature Theatre Talk Keeping the Company Vit Interview Jennifer Buzzell and James Gardiner of Signature Theatre Talk Keeping the Company Vital and Strong Without a Live Audience
by Elliot Lanes - May 08, 2020, Washington, DC

Many theatres around the world have started engaging their audiences with lots of digital content since the COVID-19 pandemic started back in March. Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA  has taken the idea of digital content and has kicked it up  many notches. They were the first area company  to s...
Rebecca Wahls, Chelsea Radigan, Ruthie Rado of SPARK at Who What Where Theater Collec Interview Rebecca Wahls, Chelsea Radigan, Ruthie Rado of SPARK at Who What Where Theater Collective
by Hannah Wing - April 28, 2020, Washington, DC

Who What Where and Ruthie are teaming up again for Spark, a romantic comedy about Scotti and June, who fall for each other at Club Spark, a seedy sex club. This time instead of a house, the stage is Zoom. Spark, directed by Chelsea Radigan, is a one-time virtual reading, which is going to be livestr...
The Most Powerful Voice in DC Area Theatre Peter Marks on Covering the Arts When the Interview The Most Powerful Voice in DC Area Theatre Peter Marks on Covering the Arts When the Arts are Basically Shut Down
by Elliot Lanes - April 20, 2020, Washington, DC

Towards the end of the musical A Chorus Line, the director/choreographer asks of his auditioning dancers 'What are you going to do when you can't dance anymore?' The COVID-19 outbreak has affected everybody without question. Social distancing, face masks, and quarantining ourselves have become th...
A Special Two Part Theatre Life with Howard Shalwitz. Part One: The Early Years Interview A Special Two Part Theatre Life with Howard Shalwitz. Part One: The Early Years
by Elliot Lanes - March 10, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject was kind enough to give me an hour of his time in the balcony of the place he lived his theatre life for almost 40 years.  I'm sure there isn't a person here in DC who would argue that Howard Shalwitz was one of the most influential minds in the DC theatre community as the Artisti...
Theatre Life with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith Interview Theatre Life with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith
by Elliot Lanes - March 02, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject Jennifer Elizabeth Smith is currently living her theatre life touring the country in Bandstand in which she portrays the lead character of Julia Trojan. The show plays here is DC at the National Theatre from March 3rd through 8th....
Tony Sancho of MOTHER ROAD at Arena Stage Interview Tony Sancho of MOTHER ROAD at Arena Stage
by Benjamin Tomchik - February 24, 2020, Washington, DC

The family at the epicenter of John Steinbeck's groundbreaking novel The Grapes of Wrath forever captured the nation's heart in 1940 with a celebrated film version starring Henry Fonda. Now, Arena Stage is continuing the Joad family story with Mother Road, a play in which actor Tony Sancho finds him...
Theatre Life with Marva Hicks Interview Theatre Life with Marva Hicks
by Elliot Lanes - February 07, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject Marva Hicks is currently living her theatre life onstage at Signature Theatre in the World Premiere Musical Gun & Powder. The production runs through February 23rd in Signature's MAX Theatre space. You'll be able to see my review of the show on Broadway World soon. Trust me it will b...
Theatre Life with the Arena Stage Media Relations Team Interview Theatre Life with the Arena Stage Media Relations Team
by Elliot Lanes - February 05, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's column starts with some questions for you my fellow readers. Have you ever thought about how theatres get audiences to attend their productions? Generally the first thing you might see after a season is announced is what's known as a press release for each individual production. Have you eve...
Theatre Life with Justin Weaks Interview Theatre Life with Justin Weaks
by Elliot Lanes - January 30, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject Justin Weaks is currently living his theatre life onstage at Studio Theatre where he plays Omari Joseph in the company's current production of Pipeline. The production runs through February 23rd in Studio's Mead Theatre space....
Haysam Kadri of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at Arena Stage Interview Haysam Kadri of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at Arena Stage
by Benjamin Tomchik - January 23, 2020, Washington, DC

In the case of Haysam Kadri and A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage, this production is more than just a chance to revisit the role of Rasheed. It is an opportunity to return to a play he not only finds deeply moving, but one he has experienced as both an actor, director, and now as an actor, ag...
Theatre Life with John Bell Interview Theatre Life with John Bell
by Elliot Lanes - January 06, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject John Bell is currently living his theatre life as the musical director for the Bartlett Sher directed touring production of My Fair Lady which plays in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center now through January 19th....
Theatre Life with Corey Greenan Interview Theatre Life with Corey Greenan
by Elliot Lanes - December 18, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Corey Greenan is currently living his theatre life in a show he is very familiar with. He portrays Tommy DeVito in the current National Tour of Jersey Boys. Read on to see how many performances of the show he has under his belt. The show is currently playing at the National Theatre a...
Theatre Life with Ted Sperling Interview Theatre Life with Ted Sperling
by Elliot Lanes - December 10, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Ted Sperling is very well represented this holiday season here in DC. He is the Musical Director/New Orchestrator for Fiddler on the Roof which plays through December 15th at the National Theatre. Beginning December 17th his work as Musical Supervisor can be heard on My Fair Lady at ...
Theatre Life with Diana Huey Interview Theatre Life with Diana Huey
by Elliot Lanes - December 04, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Diana Huey is currently living her Theatre Life at Studio Theatre where she is giving a shattering (literally) performance as Built Suttikul in White Pearl. The production runs through December 15th....
Theatre Life with Jenn Rapp Interview Theatre Life with Jenn Rapp
by Elliot Lanes - December 03, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Jenn Rapp is making the holiday season all the more magical as the Associate Director (AD) of the international magic extravaganza The Illusionists. The show begins a DC return engagement this evening December 3rd at the National Theatre. It will play there through December 8th....
DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE's Jake Epstein Recreates Another World at Arena Stage Interview DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE's Jake Epstein Recreates Another World at Arena Stage
by Benjamin Tomchik - December 03, 2019, Washington, DC

In Arena Stage's Dear Jack, Dear Louise, Jake Epstein is not only talking about another period, but another form of communication, one long since forgotten by society a?' letters....
Richard Clifford Explores Timeless Values in a Modern Classic with the Folger's AMADE Interview Richard Clifford Explores Timeless Values in a Modern Classic with the Folger's AMADEUS
by Benjamin Tomchik - November 19, 2019, Washington, DC

For Director Richard Clifford, Amadeus is more than just a modern classic; it is also a story of friendship. His relationship with the play goes beyond the Folger and directing this production, but back to England and the play's author, Peter Shaffer....
Jennifer Schwed, Doug Bradshaw, And Charlie Barnett of 19: THE MUSICAL at National Mu Interview Jennifer Schwed, Doug Bradshaw, And Charlie Barnett of 19: THE MUSICAL at National Museum Of Women In The Arts
by Rachael Goldberg - November 18, 2019, Washington, DC

'19: The Musical' is the brainchild of Through the 4th Wall co-founders, Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw. Both DC natives, Schwed and Bradshaw conceived the idea of a musical about the passage of the 19th Amendment in 2016, and, along with Composer Charlie Barnett, have been overseeing workshops a...
Extra, Extra, Arena's Molly Smith & Parker Esse Explore NEWSIES at Arena Stage Interview Extra, Extra, Arena's Molly Smith & Parker Esse Explore NEWSIES at Arena Stage
by Benjamin Tomchik - November 04, 2019, Washington, DC

When thinking of the great composers and playwrights whose works have graced Arena Stage, these are the names that come to mind. So when Disney's Newsies was announced for this season, it is understandable why some were shaking their head quizzically....
Everybody's Ayana Workman on Life, Death and Why You Really Can't Take it With You  Interview Everybody's Ayana Workman on Life, Death and Why You Really Can't Take it With You 
by Lora Strum - October 15, 2019, Washington, DC

Broadway World caught up with Ayana Workman to talk process, life and death, and why you can't really take it with you in Obie Award-winner and MacArthur a?oeGeniusa?? Grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' production of 'Everybody..'...
John Austin Explores the RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN at Arena Stage Interview John Austin Explores the RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN at Arena Stage
by Benjamin Tomchik - October 11, 2019, Washington, DC

Lately John Austin's career seems to have two constants, exploring society's most topical issues and doing so at Arena Stage....
Theatre Life with Chris Clark Interview Theatre Life with Chris Clark
by Elliot Lanes - October 10, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Chris Clark is currently living his theatre life in a big way. He is making his national tour debut in the Jimmy Buffet extravaganza Escape to Margaritaville. The tour plays here in DC through October 13th at the National Theatre....
Theatre Life with Matt Torney Interview Theatre Life with Matt Torney
by Elliot Lanes - September 24, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Matt Torney is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Studio Theatre. Their excellent current production of Doubt: A Parable is helmed by Torney and plays through October 6th in Studio's Metheny space....
Theatre Life with Mike Daisey Interview Theatre Life with Mike Daisey
by Elliot Lanes - July 12, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Mike Daisey is probably best known here in the DC area for his many magnificent monologues that he has performed at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. These appearances include The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, How Theater Failed America, and The Trump Card. He is currently living hi...
Theatre Life with John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe Interview Theatre Life with John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe
by Elliot Lanes - July 11, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subjects Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey are currently living their theatre lives as the writing team for the excellent swashbuckling World Premiere Musical Blackbeard at Signature Theatre. The production runs through July 14th in the MAX....
CODEPENDENTs Journey to Fringe of Friendship and Sisterhood with Kelly Hubbell
by Benjamin Tomchik - July 09, 2019, Washington, DC

When Kelly Hubbell opens in Codependent at the Capital Fringe Festival this Thursday, the journey for both the play and Hubbell will not be marked merely by miles, but by friendships, family, and sisterhood....
Seven Questions with Dawn Thomas Reidy of THE FEW Interview Seven Questions with Dawn Thomas Reidy of THE FEW
by Lora Strum - July 09, 2019, Washington, DC

Dawn Thomas Reidy took a moment between rehearsals to tell Broadway World how she's managing motherhood with her return to Unexpected Stage Company, and why playing QZ is one of her greatest acting challenges yet....
BWW Fringe Highlight Interview: Chloe Oliver of IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at Burning Coal T Interview BWW Fringe Highlight Interview: Chloe Oliver of IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at Burning Coal Theatre Company
by Jack Read - July 08, 2019, Washington, DC

There are 90 shows at Capital Fringe this summer, and a vast majority of them are from local artists. But there's a handful of individuals coming from outside the District to present their work, among them Raleigh's Burning Coal Theatre Company. They'll be bringing an encore of Iphigenia in Splott b...
Theatre Life with Deb Gottesman and Claire Schoonover Interview Theatre Life with Deb Gottesman and Claire Schoonover
by Elliot Lanes - July 02, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subjects Deb Gottesman and Claire Schoonover are currently living their theatre lives onstage at Keegan Theatre playing two very resourceful and cutthroat senior citizens in the DC area premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord. The production runs through July 6th....
Theatre Life with Alexander Strain Interview Theatre Life with Alexander Strain
by Elliot Lanes - June 30, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Alexander Strain is living testament to the old adage that you can come home again. You probably remember Alexander from his many wonderful performances all over town at places like Theater J and Round House Theatre. Recently he took a break from acting to get his Masters in Psychol...
Theatre Life with Eden Espinosa Interview Theatre Life with Eden Espinosa
by Elliot Lanes - June 15, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Eden Espinosa is currently living her theatre life as part of the national tour of the William Finn/James Lapine musical Falsettos where she is portraying the role of Trina. The show is currently playing in the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center and will continue through June 2...
Chris Renalds ROCK OF AGES Journey Goes from Mezzanine to Center Stage at Wolf Trap Interview Chris Renalds ROCK OF AGES Journey Goes from Mezzanine to Center Stage at Wolf Trap
by Benjamin Tomchik - June 15, 2019, Washington, DC

Chris Renalds is giving the audience advice you may never expect to hear from a performer. In fact, it is so contradictory to the norms of theatergoing that some thespians may even consider it blasphemy. However, when you consider that the show he is performing in is Rock of Ages, Renalds' advice su...
Theatre Life with Holly Twyford Interview Theatre Life with Holly Twyford
by Elliot Lanes - June 14, 2019, Washington, DC

When an actress has a long and distinguished career they are sometimes referred to as a Grande Dame. Today's subject Holly Twyford is what we call the Grand Damn! of DC Theatre. Throughout her many years of performing at pretty much every large theatre in town she proves time and time again that she...
FALSETTOS Star Max von Essen Talks Touring, Timeliness and the Darker Side of FALSETTOS Star Max von Essen Talks Touring, Timeliness and the Darker Side of "Marvin"
by Matthew Blank - June 08, 2019, Washington, DC

We chat with Max von Essen about his starring role in FALSETTOS. The show plays Kennedy Center June 11-23....
Theatre Life with David Muse Interview Theatre Life with David Muse
by Elliot Lanes - May 29, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject David Muse is currently living his theatre life as the Artistic Director of Studio Theatre. This season marks his ninth in the position. He became only the second Artistic Director in the company's history when founder Joy Zinoman stepped down in 2010.He is currently represented as a...
Theatre Life with Lourdes Lopez Interview Theatre Life with Lourdes Lopez
by Elliot Lanes - May 21, 2019, Washington, DC

Since 2012 today's subject Lourdes Lopez has been living her theatre life as the Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet. The company is performing May 31st through June 2nd at the Kennedy Center as part of Ballet Across America. The May 31st performance is a shared program with Dance Theatre of Harl...